CEO EMI Twente B.V.

Are you interested in developing new membrane products and processes for a more sustainable world? Membrane technology enables us to reduce CO2-emissions, become more energy and/or resource efficient, produce renewable energy in for example H2 fuel cells or store energy in batteries, recover valuable components from various waste water sources. At EMI Twente, we aim to bring the newest membrane innovations a few steps closer to reality and bridge the gap between academia and industry. To lead our team, we are looking for a new CEO, who is also a statutory director of EMI Twente.

About EMI Twente

EMI Twente B.V. conducts research on behalf of industrial clients spread around the world. EMI Twente was founded in 1995 and has since completed some 500 projects for more than 210 companies in over 20 countries. In 2021 EMI Twente became an independent entity, with the University of Twente Holding as 100% shareholder.

Our team comprises highly experienced membrane technology experts who between them can claim over two hundred years of research experience. Moreover, they are in close contact with over 60 colleagues of the Membrane Science and Technology (MST) academic research cluster of the University of Twente.

Job description

As CEO you are responsible for the vision and strategy of EMI Twente and its implementation. You develop new strategic R&D-projects and roadmaps as well as you acquire new research projects, either directly financed by industry or by funding programs. You keep track of internal and external trends that potentially could lead to new opportunities and you will engage in national and international collaborations. You will further professionalize EMI Twente into an efficient and goal oriented organisation which you will do together with the EMI Twente team that you will supervise and manage.

You are the face of EMI Twente to the outside world. You have and maintain a broad relevant external network and maintain the network with EMI customers. Among other things, you are also responsible for business development, business operations, HR management and for marketing and communication activities within EMI Twente. As statuary director you have periodic consultations with shareholder University of Twente Holding, as well as shareholder meetings.


As CEO of EMI Twente you

 have a PhD in chemical engineering, physics or (polymer) chemistry, preferably with strong background in membrane science & technology;

 have +/- 5 years of relevant experience in the membrane field, preferably obtained in industry;

 have relevant experience as a director or manager;

 are decisive and have a down-to-earth and practical business attitude;

 have a strong entrepreneurial mind- and skillset;

 are able to transform ideas into tangible products;

 have excellent communication skills and are able to communicate at various levels, both verbally and in writing.

Information and application

Interested in this position? If you would like information about the vacancy, please contact

dr. ir Patrick de Wit, +31 53 7400 642 or We would like to receive your motivation letter and curriculum vitae no later than the 9th of January 20232022 by e-mail at A screening and assessment may be part of the procedure.

Based on the CV and letter selection, candidates will be invited for an orientation interview the second half of January 2023.